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BOSTON —Two explosions have been reported near the Boston Marathon finish line  on Boylston Street as thousands of people gathered for the race, and there are  reports of injuries.

The blasts happened at  about 2:50 p.m. near the intersection of

Boylston and Exeter  streets. Store fronts have been blown out, and there have been reports of dozens  of injuries.

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Witnesses said several  victims lost limbs, the race was stopped and the area is being  evacuated.

The first explosion  happened across from the Lenox Hotel and the second blast was about 15 seconds  later, witnesses said.

Many of the injured  appeared to be spectators who gathered for the 117th running of the  race.

NewsCenter 5’s Sean Kelly  said the impact of the explosions could be felt blocks away.

The victims were being  taken to Massachusetts General Hospital.

NewsCenter 5 and WCVB.com  will have more information when it becomes available.

Read more: http://www.wcvb.com/news/local/metro/Explosions-reported-near-Boston-Marathon-finish-line/-/11971628/19757044/-/ktnc1wz/-/index.html#ixzz2QYvGVx2w

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